Vodafone Spain has successfully completed the first end-to-end 5G Standalone (SA) call in Europe on a commercially available smartphone as a first step in the progressive rollout of 5G SA networks in business and industrial environments. In a short statement, the operator said it used Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone and a Huawei 5G SA core network for the Barcelona trial, adding that the 3GPP 5G SA standard used for the pilot is an evolution of the 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) standard and will serve to improve the network’s efficiency and performance.
Samsung’s latest flagship will be launched next month, although 5G SA functionality isn’t expected until a later date. Earlier this month Vodafone pledged to remove Huawei technology from its ‘core’ network across Europe, a process that’s set to take 5 years.
The operator launched Spain’s first commercial 5G network in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza, Bilbao, Vitoria, San Sebastian, La Coruna, Vigo, Gijon, Pamplona, Logrono and Santander last June.
The 5G NSA network offers speeds of up to 2 Gbps, some 10 times the current 4G maximum, and has recently been activated in Badajoz, with at least 4 more cities expected this year.